The NSU PA Program in Fort Myers matriculates one class, in June of each year. Prospective students are selected by the Committee on Admissions (COA), which considers the overall qualities of the applicant. Areas of consideration include:
- personal motivation
- interpersonal skills
- knowledge and understanding of the PA profession
- quality and length of prior health care experience
- academic performance and level of achievement
- life experiences
Personal interviews are offered to the most qualified applicants to assess interpersonal and communication skills, maturity, altruistic attitude and commitment to a PA career.
The NSU PA Program-Ft. Myers utilizes a rolling admissions process. Applications are received through CASPA, as they are completed, until the deadline date, December 1. Interviews are conducted beginning in September and are continued until all seats are filled. The admissions process is very competitive, and due to the rolling admissions (possible acceptance beginning in September), it is advisable to apply early in the admissions cycle.
Course work, particularly required and recommended prerequisites, completed in the recent past is deemed to be more relevant to the related content in the professional curriculum and serves as better preparation than course work completed in prior years. Academic preparation is considered on a case by case basis in the context of health care experience, etc.
Recommended courses are regarded as important elements of comprehensive preparation for application and success in the curriculum.
Introductory and survey courses are not accepted to fulfill the required science prerequisites.
The program participates in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for the receipt and processing of all applications. However, CASPA takes no part in the selection of our students. CASPA application packets may be obtained from http://www.caspaonline.org/ or by calling (240) 497-1895. Deadline for the CASPA application is December 1 for the class matriculating the following May.
Supplemental Application Form
Once the CASPA application has been received by Nova Southeastern University, a supplemental application will be made available online. Your complete supplemental application must be received no later than January 15 in order to be considered for admission for the June entering class. Once we receive the GRE scores, the supplemental application, and the $50 fee, your file will be reviewed by the admissions counselor.